Hello, dreamers! If you’re a writer who takes part in Twitter pitches, then you’ve probably heard Brenda Drake’s name before. It’s a privilege to have her in the spotlight today! She just released a new novel called Touching Fate (I think it sounds spooky).
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I think I was a regular Walter Mitty. I daydreamed a lot as a kid. And never settled on just one thing I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a doctor, an architect, and a trapeze flyer. Whatever I saw on the television, that’s what I wanted to be that week.
What do you do now?
I don’t have a day job away from the house. I closed houses for years, and when I remarried, I stayed home with the kids. Now, along with all the crazy home stuff, I write and throw contests.
I’m giving you a super power that will make your biggest dream come true–guaranteed. What’s going to happen?
Wow. There are so many super powers to choose from that would be awesome to have. I think, as the kids are getting older (and I am), I’d love the power to turn back time and relive their younger years with the knowledge I have today.
Did you ever give up on your dreams?
I came close to giving up once. It lasted a day. It was such a hard time, I had to go through a lot of changes that were painful. But I couldn’t give up. I’m too stubborn.
What advice do you have for people who are trying to decide if they should chase their dreams?
You will never realize your dreams if you don’t go for them. It won’t happen for you by sitting on the sidelines and not getting into the game.
If you were a superhero, who would you be and why?
He has an extended lifespan, immunity to diseases, enhanced endurance, superhuman strength. And who wouldn’t want to wield the hammer, Mjolnir?
One touch is all it takes…
Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift-with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.
Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday-and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.
Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help-or that he’s about to die.
But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad.
When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). She’s represented by Peter Knapp at New Leaf Literary. Look for her upcoming novels Touching Fate (Entangled Crave, 10/15) and Thief of Lies: a Library Jumpers novel, releasing January 5, 2016 from Entangled Teen.
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